At his Thursday morning press conference, House Speaker John Boehner said he was "stunned" by the resignation this week of Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock.
"I think Mr. Schock made a decision," Boehner said, adding that he hasn't spoken to Schock. "Frankly, I support the decision he made."
Boehner said he and the rest of the American people expect their representatives to be held to high ethical standards, and that there are "ample controls" in place to make sure they are.
"Understand something: If somebody's going to violate the rules, they're gonna violate the rules," he said. "In almost every case, sooner or later, it catches up to you."
The speaker, appearing in his first press conference since the results of Tuesday's Israeli national election were announced, also congratulated Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on his Likud Party's victory. The speaker had invited the right-wing Netanyahu to speak to a joint session of Congress earlier this month, two weeks before the election, in what was a highly politicized event.
"The prime minister recognizes the grave threats that we face from radical Islam and from Iran, as he talked about in his speech to Congress," Boehner said. "This is an opportunity to renew our commitment to confront these threats and, of course, continue to strengthen the bond between Israel and America."